Trump to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in new year

Trump to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in new year

Trump to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in new year

US President Donald Trump will grant North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un his wishes if he delivers on denuclearisation, the South Korean president said Sunday, following talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea across the eastern land border on Saturday, the South's military said.

But while inter-Korean relation-building has continued apace over the past year, talks with the U.S. have stalled.

South Korean soldiers close gate near the rails leading to North Korea, inside demilitarized zone.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the worldwide community if he wants sanctions lifted.

The White House said in a statement on Saturday after Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that they and Kim will strive "to see a nuclear free Korean Peninsula".

President opens up on North Korea, Pakistan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

As Trump returned from the G20 summit of world leaders in Argentina over the weekend, he told reporters aboard Air Force One that a second summit may happen in 'January or February'.

The postponement stirred concerns that nuclear talks between the US and North Korea had again bogged down, as Kim's regime seeks sanctions relief before taking key disarmament steps.

Trump and Kim met in June in a historic summit in Singapore aimed at curbing Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

North and South Korea have begun to remove landmines and destroy military bunkers at parts of their common border as part of efforts to improve long-strained relations.

The pair "reaffirmed their commitment to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea, Trump´s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. Moon said it's still unclear whether Kim will visit Seoul by the end of this year, and that it's up to the North Korean leader.

President Moon Jae-in's office quoted Moon as saying that Trump asked him to convey those messages to the North Korean leader if he visits Seoul this year as he promised.

The South Korean government is optimistic over Kim's visit to Seoul, which he promised during the third inter-Korean summit in September in Pyongyang.

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